This Day In Sports History (March 20th) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
This Day In Sports History (March 21st) — UCLA Bruins
It was on this day in 1964 that the UCLA Bruins’ men’s basketball team beat Duke by a score of 98-83 to win the NCAA Division I championship, and complete their perfect 30-0 season.
At the time, the Bruins became only the forth team in NCAA men’s basketball history to record a perfect season. The other three were the 1953-54 Kentucky Wildcats, the 1955-56 San Francisco Dons and the 1956-57 North Carolina Tar Heels. The win was just the start of head coach John Wooden’s wonderful run at UCLA that would see him win ten NCAA championships over the next 12 years and earn the nickname, “The Wizard at Westwood.”
Since the Bruins’ perfect 1963-64 season, five more teams have record undefeated seasons, however, three of those were UCLA teams from Wooden’s era. The other two were recorded by North Carolina State in 1972-73 and Indiana in 1975-76.
Here is a clip of UCLA honoring the 1964 Bruins men’s basketball team.
Adrian Peterson, NFL – Born March 21, 1985 (age 28) in Palestine, Texas
Aaron Hill, MLB – Born March 21, 1982 (age 31) in Visalia, Florida
Al Iafrate, NHL – Born March 21, 1966 (age 47) in Dearborn, MI